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More than 100 candidates to Italian regional elections support Free Software

Mar 17, 2010, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"If you read Stop!/Zona-M regularly, you already know that "free as in freedom" software and file formats are an essential tool for anybody interested in reducing expenses in Public Administrations, make them more efficient and allow all citizens to control in the best possible way what they representatives are doing (and if you don't know this yet, it's time to read the article linked at the bottom of this page!).

"What you may not know yet is that, in Italy, there is a campaign ongoing since 2008 on these themes, called "CaroCandidato" (Dear Candidate in english). This is the italian version of a much larger European initiative, the Free Software pact. The campaign consists of inviting all the candidates to any political or administrative election to subscribe the italian version of the Pact. The candidates who do it commit to actively promote Free Software and Open Standards in the Public Administrations where, if voted, they will work after the elections.

"This year, on March 28th and 29th, 13 of the 20 italian regions will hold their elections for their regional government. These elections are very important because they cover most of the country and because region governors have actual powers over key issues as health, education and industry."

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